I’m having a baby! (Very soon)

June 7, 2017

That’s right I’m having a baby! I’m currently 39 weeks along and she-it’s a girl!-could come at any point in the next 3 weeks.


I have no idea I have no idea how I completely forgot to tell you. Well I suppose I sort of can. Sometimes when it comes to super big life changes I can be a little quiet and introspective and I get caught up in all the newness and research and changes and forget to share all the fun details.

How about a quick recap…

First Trimester:

-It went surprisingly well or rather it could have been so much worse! I knew pretty early on I was pregnant and showed up to my first prenatal yoga class at 5 weeks pregnant. It felt like the only place I could really announce yes I am indeed having a baby. There is a lot of isolation in those first few months as you wait until the appropriate week to start sharing the news.

-I managed to sideswipe morning sickness which is why I say it went rather well. I did experience a lot of food aversions and at the exact same time as I was feeling super hungry and a need to eat every hour or so. It was frustrating being so hungry and not wanting to eat a thing. I also remember a really bad aftertaste in my mouth after eating anything.

-Oh yes and I did feel super duper tired all the time. I could hardly get off the couch in the evenings and I would take frequent naps. I also had some pretty intense mood swings that we mostly laugh about now (still having a few so it’s not always funny).

Second Trimester:

-Finally things started to feel a bit more normal. I could wait more than 1 hour between eating things and as long as I started to eat before I was hungry I was good to go. My energy came back and my overall mood improved.

-We went on our baby moon to California and went to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs. It was a bit colder and more active than the baby moon of my imagination but it was very us and we had a good time. The only downside was having to pee all the time. Basically every time I stood up and I had to go to the bathroom.

-I also felt quite calm during this time. I was slowing working through my projects and feeling pretty good overall about everything.


Third Trimester:

-I still felt pretty good for most of these last few months.

-I am still going to dance class and walking and for the most part I feel great. I do have a few minor things here and there. My hands hurt during the night and get pretty stiff, I settle in for the night a bit sooner because I get pretty tired after a full day. I am somehow able to only get up about 1 time per night which means I’m sleeping pretty well (something that can’t be said for all of the pregnancy). I’m super thankful too because pretty soon things will look much different.

-That overall calm feeling I had in the second trimester comes and goes, well mostly goes. With the birthing day coming so soon I have a lot more nerves and anxiety about this huge change about to take place. It makes me feel sad, excited, scared, happy, all the feelings and they go back and forth. Some days I’m totally ready and some days I’m just not. I do feel pretty confident that this is a normal way to feel and that brings be comfort.

For now I’m doing my best to do normal things like read, relax, and soak up this last bit of solitude I have before she arrives and stay calm of course. I have no control over when she gets here and there is no point in pretending I do. She can take her time and we will be as ready as anyone can be when she shows up.


5 gift ideas for valentine’s day

February 7, 2017

Where the heck have I been?! Let’s not get into that just now because I have some fun ideas for the upcoming holiday!

I love that over the years Valentine’s Day has become less about having a special someone and more about making time for anyone we find super special like friends, parents, kids, and ok maybe a significant other.

To honor this I’ve got a few ideas to help shower that special person or persons with gifts to show them just how much they are loved.

If you order in the next couple of days I’ll upgrade to priority shipping on me!-just mention upgrade shipping in notes to seller:

World Map Necklace. I love seeing people’s reaction to this one when they see it in person. It’s hand carved and at only 1 1/2″ across pretty stunning yet perfect for wearing everyday. Giving someone the whole world is a pretty special way to say I love you.

Scrambled Necklace or Ring. I love that you can choose a special message and once it’s scrambled up it remains a secret between you and the person you give it to. I would feel so special receiving such a thoughtful and personal gift. Message ideas: I love you, be my valentine, you are loved, best friend, perhaps a nickname just between the 2 of you. This would be so fun for a best friend.

Chocolate and Lip Balm. Yes. Yes. Yes. Especially in fun and unique flavors. This would be so fun for a girlfriend, a good friend, a mom, a daughter. I don’t know who wouldn’t love this as a gift. I’m sure even my husband would love this.

Cheeky Greeting Cards. I’m in love with Julie Ann Art’s clever greeting cards. She has a card for just about every occasion and they always seem to say just what we would want to say but don’t actually say. Does that make sense? Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.

Modern Friendship Bracelet. I was just looking around this shop the other day and I love how simple yet beautiful all of the pieces are. For Valentine’s Day I especially love the friendship bracelets. They aren’t super expensive so you could even get one for a few of your close friends and maybe even yourself?

And of course you don’t have to spend any money at to tell someone how much they mean to you. Give them a call, a text, a letter in the mail. Small gestures like these can mean so much more than we even realize.

Have a wonderful week and I hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love that comes in many forms.


Lots of rain=more time at my work bench

October 19, 2016

Happy October!

I’m sure you’re wondering what I’ve been up to since September!

I’ve been working a bit preparing myself for holiday shows so when December comes I’m not scrambling and feeling really stressed out. Of course September here has been a lot nicer than I was expecting so I have also been enjoying the sun whenever I can. That usually means I get pretty distracted. Lately I’ve been following what feels good as each day comes vs sticking strictly to a do to list and feeling like I’m forcing everything. I’ve still been getting everything done that needs doing but in a more enjoyable and less forceful way. It’s been really nice.

Today I woke up to a whole lot of rain and from the weather forecast it looks like it’ll be sticking around. So I think that means I’ll be a little less distracted and be at my work bench a lot more. I might be sick of it in a few days but today it feels really nice and relaxing. The candles and aromatherapy aren’t bad either. Ha!

In case you are in Michigan mark you calendars! I’ll be at the Merry Market in Detroit on December 10th and 11th. I will also be doing a show at the same place the following weekend but the details aren’t out just yet. I’ll keep you posted. I will also be offering some fun discounts, giveaways, and promotions as the holidays get closer so be sure you are on the mailing list! Link at the top of the page!